About W&L Law

One of the smallest of the nation's top-tier law schools, Washington and Lee School of Law is located in a college town in the majestic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, a three-hour drive from Washington, DC and within an hour of several other metropolitan areas.

W&L Law has long been an innovator in legal education, and these innovations have allowed the School to build a singular community that educates students for character and challenges them to solve the problems they will face in a complex world. It fosters a desire not simply to act, but to act intelligently and ethically.

A Tradition of Innovation

While law schools have traditionally taught all students in the same way for all three years, at W&L Law, you will encounter a sequence of learning experiences rooted in the basic assumption that each year of law school should build upon the lessons of its predecessor but also present new and different challenges while pushing you further along the continuum from beginning law student to lawyer-to-be.

A Tradition of Leadership

Founded in 1850, the School of Law has a rich history and counts among its alumni many distinguished practitioners, judges and entrepreneurs, including several U.S. Supreme Court Justices and the third most number of American Bar Associations presidents produced by any single law school.

Mission Statement

Our Law School is a leader in the world of legal education. Its mission is to provide an extraordinary educational program emphasizing critical thought, the power of the written word, continual reflection on ethical duty, and the meaning of law and justice in a swiftly changing world.